Showing posts from November, 2010


Not to be all cheesy or sappy on you here- but Oprah really did say it best.

When wrapping up her final "Favorite Things" show, Oprah said

"It's about knowing that something really magical and joyful and wonderful can happen to you when you least expect it."

I find this to be SO true. That's one of the main reasons I love giving gifts AND receiving them :-)

I love giving gifts. I don't just love giving a gift for the heck of it- I love to find the ultimate gift that will bring about the most amount of surprise.

If someone told me over and over and over how badly they wanted a certain item....THAT would not be the gift that I would want to give.  Because they would almost be EXPECTING it.  Not to say there is not value in that gift.....because it would make them happy.  But the element of surprise is, to me, the best part about gift giving.

I'm not a fan of writing out Christmas wish lists for people.  I'm not a fan of hounding someone for some…


This Thanksgiving was a little bit different as Lisa and Caralyn were not able to come home.  What was awesome?? Mom and Dad still felt that Thanksgiving dinner should still take place even though I was the only one that would be home!  Turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, rolls, veggies, pie.....All of the above!  And- I must say- this was probably THE BEST Thanksgiving meal we've ever made.  No joke :-)

The morning started out with the thrilling news of a temperature drop of 55 degrees!!! WOOOO! So happy about that! I nestled in with a blanket, a cup of coffee, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Mom and I started the cooking process early on so that we could have all the dishes put together and ready to just be put in the oven when the Turkey was ready....

We ate our meal at around 3pm- then camped out on the couch for the remainder of the evening to watch the ooooh so disappointing Cowboy game.

That's about it for my Thanksgiving.... I know- lame p…


It's been a while since I've done a STAMP! here you go!
(if you are unfamiliar with the SOA posts {stamp of approval} you can see the other ones here)
First up- Dave Barnes. I love his music. I was introduced to him my freshman year of college and have seen him in concert probably 6 times or so.  He's amazing.  Reallly.  Trust me on this one.

He just came out with a Christmas album and it has earned the place of item number 1 for this edition of STAMP!

See!??! Even an awesome album cover. :-) Ahhhh Dave.

Item number 2 on my list is a BOOK!

I picked this book up for work and was so impressed.  The writing, the humor, the tears, it had it all.  The book came out of a tragic accident- but the book has SO MUCH MORE than just the story of the accident.  Mary Beth Chapman came out with a book called "Choosing to SEE" that I read in one sitting.  Seriously. I couldn't put it down.  If you have followed Steven Curtis Chapman and his music for any le…


I've been reading in Numbers this week- and first of all- I have to say- I got a new bible on Tuesday!  I'd had my other bible for about 5 years and it was time for a new one! I'd had that one so marked up that I wasn't really able to see new revelation or new insight on a passage in which I'd already marked up.


In the book of Numbers and as I read in chapter 28 I noticed a phrase that kept popping up.  I made a mental note to go back to that phrase- but once I got to chapter 29- that phrase continued to show up!  In the 2 chapters- it was stated 11 times. 

The phrase being "aroma pleasing to the Lord"

So the Lord was giving Moses commands as to how the people were to offer up sacrifices and all the details that included. With each command- it would talk about the offering being presented to the Lord by fire and how the 'aroma' was pleasing to the Lord. 

After 11 times in 2 chapters- I was intrigued.  What is it about the smell that was so…


I had a little too much fun on Wednesday night :-)

New Routine

Most of you have known for sometime now that my morning routine involves a 5am wake up alarm- a workout at the gym, getting ready- then planting myself at a local starbucks for an hour or so to enjoy my quiet time with a cup of coffee.

The morning workouts have been part of my routine for about 3 years now- but the Starbucks routine was added into the mix in August of 2009.

Let's be honest. The gym doesn't happen EVERY single morning- but the Starbucks and quiet time have happened every morning since I started back in 2009. And there have been maybe 4 or 5 mornings TOP that I've not had my coffee quiet time. Believe me....once it becomes regular for you- you will notice a difference in your day BIG TIME if you do NOT have it.  And to be even MORE honest with you- the 4 or 5 times that I missed it was because I overslept...forgot to set my alarm...etc. But. Out of those 4 or 5 times- there was only one morning that I made a conscious decision NOT to wake up to have my quie…

A Blessing....

Last week I woke up to a note that had been left in my apartment door. The note read as follows:


In an effort to meet a challenge given to me, I am writing this encouragement. The idea is simply to give during this Thanksgiving season. By giving, we are ensuring that everyone has something to be thankful for, and in the giving, we can be thankful of the opportunity to give. It’s pretty cool how that works.

It has been said by many that “you have not lived a perfect day unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” It is my hope that by remaining anonymous (please honor this by avoiding speculation) and by praying the nastiest blessing I can come up with, that such an event will take place.

Be blessed,

A Friend from Church The note was followed by two additional pages full of blessings and scriptures.

A few of them are as follows:

May God bless all of your efforts and all that you produce so that its reach is long beyond your own. Let the b…


I really do love mornings. I like having accomplished so much by 8am. :-)


I must say.

I LOVE 5:30pm when I come home from work and find packages in the mail with my name on them. :-)

Lisa sent me a 'just because' package yesterday that made November 2, 2010 an AWESOME day :-)